First-cycle Degree Overview

The first-cycle degree in Physics provides a good knowledge of classical and modern physics, with a particular attention to quantum mechanics, besides adequate mathematical skills. At the end, the student will know how to choose and use proper experimental methods to address a problem, develop software and acquire and analyze data.

More precisely, the course is organized to provide basic knowledge of:

  •  classical physics: mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, relativity, waves;
  •  theoretical physics: analytical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics;
  •  modern physics: atomic and molecular physics, physics of matter, nuclear physics and physics of elementary particles;
  •  mathematics (calculus and geometry), mathematical methods for physics and numerical methods;
  •  elements of related subjects (chemistry; electronics).

Special attention is given to the laboratory courses, where one gets hands-on experience of the main experimental and numerical techniques, learns data analysis and verifies some physical laws. Finally, it is possible to deepen specific areas of physics choosing a series of exams from a list including fluid dynamics, analog electronics, measurement techniques and instruments, plasma physics, physics of the solar system, introduction to relativistic gravitation, analytical mechanics, programming in C++.

Exam list

The maximum number of students admitted to the first-cycle degree is set at 200 for the A.A. 2017/18. The admission to the course is through an obligatory entrance test. The test is used to rank the candidates and establish the possible mathematics debt, which must be satisfied by September 30 of the first year of registration. Otherwise, the student must register to the first year once again. Information about the registration procedure for the admission test, pre-enrollment, enrollment and the corresponding deadlines can be found on the web site of Padua University.

The graduate in Physics can continue his/her formation enrolling the second-cycle degree in Physics, or find a job in the industrial or service sectors based on novel technologies. In particular, he/she can work in the areas of quality control, environment, radiation protection, software development, data analysis. He/she can also carry out applied research in industrial or academic laboratories.